c. April 15th, 1865 Abraham Lincoln Assassination Period, Union Army Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant Carte de Visite Photograph shown standing in his military dress uniform, wearing a Black Silk Ribbon “Mourning Armband,” taken by Philadelphia photographer Frederick Gutekunst, Choice Extremely Fine.Original period Carte de Visite (CDV) of the great American General and soon-to-be President Ulysses S. Grant. This is one of Grant's most recognized photographs, taken by Philadelphia photographer Frederick Gutekunst in the Spring of 1865, likely within days following President Abraham Lincoln's assassination and death on April 15th. On his left arm, shown with his hand holding the mid-section of his coat, Grant is wearing a black mourning armband of black crepe is visible, with the ties hanging down loose over his military uniform. Measures 2.5" by 4", in choice condition, blank reverse, excellent sharp contrast, bright and clean. Grant was the Eighteenth President of the United States, First “Lieutenant-General” since George Washington, and Major General (July 4, 1863), he led the Union Armies to victory in the last years of the American Civil War.
The photograph was taken shortly after President Lincoln's assassination. Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) was promoted by Lincoln to Lieutenant General on March 2, 1864. The position, which had previously only been held by George Washington, gave Grant full command of the Union armies.
President Lincoln was killed just five days after Grant had successfully brought about Confederate General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox. The president had in fact invited Grant and his wife to attend the play at Ford's Theater with him, but the couple declined due to previously made travel plans. Many believe that Grant had also been a target in the assassination plot.